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Schools OK career academy plan
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Liberty County School Board members reviewed and approved a memorandum of understanding between Liberty County schools, Savannah Technical College and the Technical College System of Georgia regarding the construction and operation of a planned Career Academy.
The memorandum  is effective through June 30, 2011, and involved parties can renew the contract for up to two additional one-year terms. Superintendent Judy Scherer said the state school board is expected to approve the academy’s charter at its June meeting. From there, she said, “we should be ready to move pretty quickly.”
Total anticipated construction costs are between $8 million and $9 million, and Scherer reminded board members the district has been approved to receive a little more than $3 million from the TSCG, to be applied toward design, survey and deed transfer costs.
Proposed programs for the Career Academy include:  welding, precision machine/automated manufacturing, computer-aided drafting, graphic arts, patient care assisting, dental assisting,  logistics, law enforcement/public safety, computer repair/networking, culinary arts and construction.
Other Career Academy programs that will be housed on the existing Savannah Tech Liberty campus are cosmetology, automotive and HVAC.
The Liberty County school board also approved a draft report for the district’s April 2010 budget at its work session Tuesday morning.
The district’s general operating balance ending April 30 was $4,682,060, and the ending fund balance was $10,580,283. The district’s SPLOST balance ending April 30 was $22,804,739. The ending balance for the district’s local government investment pool ending April 30 was $40,711,039.
Also during the work session, board members accepted propose changes in continuation procedures for the district’s Gifted Program. Middle and high school students in the program whose performance is deemed unsatisfactory for more than one nine-week grading period will be allowed to  remain in an advanced placement/honors class, but will no longer be coded as Gifted.
In the Gifted Program, satisfactory performance for high school students is based on maintaining a B average (3.0) in all academic subjects.

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